Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’

(Oriental 'Skylands', Spruce)

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Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a

Quick Overview:

‘Skylands’ is slow-growing, upright, conical-pyramidal form that typically grows 8-10′ tall over the first 10 years. Over time, it may eventually reach 35′ tall with a spread of 10-12′ wide. Exterior needles are bright yellow in full sun or yellow-green in part shade. Regardless of sun exposure, the yellow needle color typically tends to fade as the summer progresses. Interior needles are green. Foliage may burn in full sun locations in hot summer climates. Attractive red pollen cones in spring provide interesting and showy contrast with the yellow foliage.


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers rich, moist soils, but tolerates some poor soils including rocky ones. Although established plants have some drought tolerance, soils should be kept consistently moist and not allowed to dry out in the early years. Generally prefers cool climates and will usually struggle in the heat and humidity of the deep South.

Additional information

Common Name

Oriental 'Skylands', Spruce

Botanical Name

Picea orientalis 'Skylands'


10 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun


25 ft.


12 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

Gold and green

Deer Resistant


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